Behaviour modification is what we attempt with animals.
Reasons based on values and belief systems provide
children the deeper motivations to make just-right choices in life.
‣‣‣ Phil Day
Children need guidelines and boundaries. It is very confusing for children if they do not know what the rules or expectations are. Agreements about these need to be carefully worked out, explained and adhered to.
- Try to express guidelines as a series of do’s rather than a series of don’ts. Be positive rather than negative. Keep the list short!
- Work this out with all the adults in the child's sphere so you are all on the same page.
- Discuss these guidelines with your children. What do these guidelines mean?
- Discuss the good consequences (rewards) for sticking to the guidelines.
- Go about ‘signing up’ each child to this agreement / vision quietly, gently, individually as well as together.
- Only establish the guideline if it is helpful and healthy for you all and only if you are prepared and capable of following it through.
Begin to develop deeper levels of motivations for keeping within the expected guidelines.
1st level: Consequences … good and bad
This is the 1st level of motivation where every action has a consequence. The process of warnings and then bad consequences come for not sticking to the guidelines. These need to be of the sort of bad consequences that will help them to stop and think next time: “What happened last time?”
2nd level: Immature Conscience … [ … JOIN for more member-only content]